July - August 2001
Vol. 12, No. 4 | Contents
Van Hees Retires

After suffering pneumonia last spring and taking a long, hard look at her travel and school schedule, Christie Van Hees moved home to her parents' farm, got a golden retriever puppy, a new boyfriend, and took up competitive horseback riding (which she'd given up to begin playing racquetball at 15). Now she rides twice a day, morning and afternoon, and recently graduated with a degree in History. Happier than she's been in a long time, the 24-year-old had this to say about her racquetball career: 

As of the end of the 2001 season I have decided to retire indefinitely from competing in professional and amateur racquetball tournaments. At this time I want to pursue other avenues in life and could no longer give the kind of commitment to the sport that it deserves. I want to thank everyone who supported me along the way, especially HEAD/Penn, my family, Mike Ceresia, and the Canadian National Racquetball Team. Since the age of three this sport has given me memories to fill a lifetime, amazing friends, my education, and the belief that I can achieve anything I put my mind to. These are all things for which I will remain incredibly grateful and why I will continue to encourage everyone and anyone that racquetball is, by far, the best sport in the world.

Official Shoe Named
Ektelon Promotions Manager Andy Roberts and LPRA Commissioner Jim Hiser sign the contract designating Ektelon as the "official shoe" of the Ladies Pro Tour. 

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